I shared with you on my previous blog.  My family trip to Woolsthorpe Manor.  On that trip I picked up a bag of cooking apples for just 50p.  Apples from their apple orchard and I was definitely keen to use up.

Christmas is around the corner and if your house is anything like mine it involves lots of pickles.  intrigued with the idea of making my own, I embarked on my first experiment and here’s how I got on:


1kg of Apples (you can use any)

2 large onions

2 cloves of garlic

1 lemon (juice only)

2 dessert spoons of yellow mustard

1 and a half pints of vinegar

1lb of sultanas

1 tbsp ground ginger

2 tsp salt

2lb brown sugar


It’s so easy! Remember, I’m a beginner at this too…

Ensure you have clean jars with lids.  I used old cooking sauce jars that I cleaned and sterilised using the dishwasher.  If you don’t have a dishwasher then wash by hand and either boil to sterilise or use sterilising solution.


Peel and chop the apples.  Dice the onions and garlic.

Place the apples, onions and garlic into a large pan.

Add the mustard and 1 pint of vinegar.

Allow the boiling and the stench to begin (it’s a smelly job)


Simmer for one hour.

Add the raisins, ginger, salt, sugar and the rest of the vinegar.


Simmer until thick.

Pour into sterilised jars and place the lids immediate.

I tried some straight away and it tasted good but it’s best to leave for at least one month to mature.  Make it now and it’ll be ready for Christmas and New Year.  Find nice jars and create labels and it’ll be a nice gift too.